Our fifth release comes from Rktic, the latest project of rp (for those who don't know him, he has released a few EP's together with Stereo Jack on Uptide, a project with numerous releases on Superstition Records, also running the netlabel Rohformat [former Schleudertrauma], part of the demogroup Farb-Rausch... expect a new 12" these days on another famous german techno label). His tracks are a little bit like a mixture of basic channel, monolake and cologne tracks but still provide their own style. The release is compliant with any CD burner and impacts the best way listened at complete darkness. To make sure you don't loose your fine CD we recommend to download and print the covers for your brandnew cd. In Addition to that you may choose a desktop background picture for a resolution of your taste.
The 70 minute journey begins with the short intro "Geiger Radio". There isn't much to say about it so we begin with the track "Spaces In Spaces". Chilly pads, weird sounds makes this a lovely soundscape, drums are added gradually and makes this 15½ minute long track a nice and soft journey. Very impressing!
Next track is "Riding The Pipeline" that begins with reverbed industry noises, bassdrum and some bass. More drums are added gradually and the delayed "stabs" is excellent. It feels like you are standing at the tundra near a factory and listening to the track.
The fourth track, "the Opposite of" begins with a sneaking bassline that becomes stronger and stronger, fx builds upp the feeling of the track and after some time the bassdrum and other drums arrives. The bassline continues to filters up and down. Another great track!
The next track, all 14 minutes of it, "A walk on deep snow", is a journey with beautiful pad, lovely bassounds and lovely delayed fx. Its definatly one of the best tracks i've heard in a long time! It's hard to describe how it sounds but its overwhelming good.
The sixth and the last track is also the longest. 20 minutes and 42 seconds long! The track is called "Evolving North" and its recorded live! It contains clicks, pads, drums, fx. Pretty hard to describe the track but its fits very good into this album!
The whole album has everything you want... clicky stuff, spacy stuff, cold stuff, chilly stuff... The title of the album really fits, this is really the "Northern Lights".
"Cold and spacey minimalistics. Well yeah, very logical. Rktic, the name tells a lot. And then - Northern Lights. . Everythig is clear. It is clear that the sound of Northern Lights is on the traces of chilly, cold, spacey minimalistics a la monolake/chain reaction or of the staff that Vladislav Delay works (for that label), artist from one of the most northern europian countries. You just need to look at the cover. Geiger Radio is 1-minute intro track, and besides the title there is nothing more to tell about it. But in the next 15 and a half minutes from Spaces in Spaces follows messing with Vladislav Delay sound. Efects, sonic mutations, over flow of conceptual soundscape, progressive upgrade, dry and cold static noise, instinctive fear In almost 70 minutes of mutating and intense indistrial sound the bassdrum fits into unequal bassdrum, witch later founds its precize bpm. Less bass, drums are added and very much delay. EFX + bass + clicks = cold chill. Interesting formula which leads to the most interesting and most beautiful music that I've been listening to lately. Rktic is actually the last project from the guy that calls himself rp, and he's German born in Hamburg. Misterious guy who had appeared under many names and had been releasing music under many net labels. And this has been said about his style: - It's not country, neither western! He hates acoustic instruments (or all other "real" instruments). Likes all kinds of electronic music, especially techno and he always tends to create kicking hard or more minimal all the way to deep tracks. All that is completely right. His sound is evolving from microsound/ambient, to deep/minimal and to experimental/techno. All of that is compresed in the 21 minute last track of Northers Lights, Evolving North. How beautiful. Fascinating powerful bass, repetitive click and a lots of delay. Landscape - factory in the tundra. And the most beautiful in all is that you can dance to this."
July 23, 2009 Subject:
Ambient-industrial. Nice textures.
March 6, 2005 Subject:
Yep, deep dubby atmospheres here and some very long tracks. The beat, the sounds and the whole atmosphere suit the title. Northern Lights. You can easily imagine snowy landscapes here and the northern light glowing in the sky... Good stuff. Worthy of your attention. :)